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From: NY, US

Reggae, Dancehall, Reggae Rock

Born Ian Dyer, Mr. Easy immigrated with his family from Jamaica to Flatbush in Brooklyn, where he completed his education. Inspired by Dennis Brown, Dyer practiced singing along to his idol's recordings (he has also acknowledged the influence of Beres Hammond).

His easygoing vocals impressed the New York-based producer Barry Dread, who took him to the recording studio. Following his experience in studio work, Mr. Easy auditioned for the famous Showtime at the Apollo.

This was quite a challenge, as the Harlem audience members can be demanding in their critical approach to aspiring artists. The young vocalist survived the ordeal, winning approval from the masses.

He also earned the distinction of being the first reggae singer to perform at the televised show. A notable viewer was the producer Quincy Jones, who was inspired to sign Mr. Easy for a recording contract.

Signed to Jones' Qwest label, he released his debut in 1994, the well-received album Call Me Mr. Easy...